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In the aftermath of the recent attack in Boston and the disaster in West, Texas, First Judicial District Attorney Peter Weir is warning citizens to be alert to possible charitable fraud.
As unthinkable as it seems, it is not unusual for there to be fraudulent attempts to solicit donations following a mass tragedy such as what is happening in Boston and in Texas. “When tragedy strikes, people feel compelled to do something to help. They want to donate money where it will do the most good and help the most people,” says Weir, “Most charities are honorable and legitimate, but some are less reputable or even fraudulent. People should take care as they make their giving choices.”
Charities are exempt from the No-Call List, so consumers may receive calls from telemarketers asking for donations. We also see email becoming a more popular method of solicitations for charitable contributions. Regardless of how you are contacted, do your homework before you make your giving decisions:
For more information or if you have concerns, contact your local police or sheriff’s economic crime unit. In Jefferson County you can contact law enforcement, DA Fraud Hotline at 303-271-6980, or the DA’s Fraud Specialist at 303-271-6931.
June 19, 2013
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